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Woman dies after car goes down boat ramp

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Tampa Police tried to rescue Migdalia Mendoza Tampa Police tried to rescue Migdalia Mendoza
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Tampa Police said it was pouring rain when Migdalia Mendoza, 51, drove her car down the Lowry Park boat ramp and into the Hillsborough River.

It happened Wednesday night at 7:30. Mendoza's sister said she got lost in the rain while on her way to a church function at a friend's house. Mendoza was talking to a friend on her cell phone and told her she was in the water and needed help, according to police.

Tampa Police spokesperson Andrea Davis said a man who lives on the river heard a noise and ran outside to see a sinking van. Two Tampa Police officers quickly arrived and jumped in the water, but the van was already submerged. Tampa Police divers later pulled Mendoza from her vehicle. Tampa Fire rescue crews tried to revive her, but she died at the hospital, said Davis.

"That's why we gotta be ready," said Mendoza's sister through a translator. "Every day is not given to anybody, you gotta be ready for God even if you believe in him or not, you still gotta be ready. She's in a better place right now"

A tow truck pulled Mendoza's vehicle from the river Wednesday night.

The church meeting took place just blocks from the boat ramp, according to the victim's sister.

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